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JUNE 2021 Blues Vol 37 No. 6

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JUNE 2021 Blues Vol 37 No. 6 • The History of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol • Beach Safety Tips • It's Island Time - Where to Stay, Eat & Play on the Island • The Texas School District Police Chiefs Conference • State & National Law Enforcement News • Warstory - What Happened to Susan Miller? • President Biden Receives Light Bulb Award • Open Road - The End of the HEMI? • Fishing with Rusty Barron • Dr. Tina speaks with David Edwards - Humanizing the Badge

Crime is Increasing and

Crime is Increasing and Number of Cops Decreasing “The Wheels are Coming” as Mayor’s Plan to ‘Reimagining’ Police Force Crumble AUSTIN, Texas —The Austin Police Department is in a state of crisis. More cuts to specialized APD units are coming this year, thanks to the “reimagining” of police led by Mayor Steve Adler and Councilmember Greg Casar. Travis County, meanwhile, steps up targeting police officers for prosecution. According to an internal document provided to the news media several units face deep cuts or outright elimination by summer’s end. The Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration (SOAR) unit is losing its officer positions, according to the APD document. Local Fox 7 TV has previously reported some of the cuts. “As more units are cut, work conditions for those who stay will continue to deteriorate, causing more folks to leave, causing more units to be cut, and so on. It is basically a death spiral,” said an inside source. This appears to be the case. Crime is sharply increasing in Austin, with 31 homicides in the city so far in 2021, far outpacing recent years. In 2019, Austin had 14 homicides by the end of June, and in 2020, that number had increased to 23. Previously released reports indicated the cuts that were set to hit in early 2021, which included the elimination of whole APD units and sharp reductions in district representative officers, who engage in community policing. Community policing was an initiative pushed by the left during the 1990s to improve policing. Now, the left-dominated Austin city council is all but abandoning community policing. At the same time, APD is also suffering a sharp increase in officer resignations and retirements thanks directly to the city council’s “reimagining” of police work, which began with the council’s vote to defund APD by about 0 to 0 million in August 2020. If current trends hold, APD could lose about 10% of its police officers this year. It was shorthanded entering 2020. Its last two cadet classes were canceled, and the city council has voted to resume cadet classes on June 7. According to the document outlining the cuts, 10% of APD detectives will be reassigned to patrol. Notably, these will be detectives who have recently earned promotion. They will have earned promotion, only to be kept in or returned to their previous duties thanks to the deep and widespread cuts Mayor Adler spearheaded. This can be expected to decrease officer morale significantly. The cuts are coming in two phases. The first, which includes the elimination of the DWI and auto theft units, takes place June 6. The second phase is set to happen on August 1. The document indicates that the August cuts are ghastly. Many units across the entire department are sustaining significant cuts or going away. Interim APD Chief Joseph Chacon alerted department staff to the impending cuts in an email, and noted that they may create financial and other issues for officers. “I want you to know that we are aware these changes affect each of you in different ways, and we want to provide support and resources during the transition period,” Chacon says in the email. “If this staffing reallocation impacts you directly and you have extenuating circumstances, our hardship process is an option available to you.” 24 The BLUES POLICE MAGAZINE The BLUES POLICE MAGAZINE 25

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